Building the Penobscot 13
Glued-lapstrake construction of a beautiful daysailer.
- Arch Davis—August 20–September 2
Arch Davis and his lovely small-boat designs have been well known to the readers of WoodenBoat magazine for a number of years. We are very excited to welcome Arch back to our campus this season and invite you to spend two weeks with this innovative designer-builder constructing his latest design, the Penobscot 13.
In this course, students will build two of these fine-looking lapstrake daysailers. The Penobscot 13 is the little sister to two of Arch’s most popular designs, the Penobscot 14 and 17. The 13 is smaller and lighter than the 14 but possesses comparable lines with similar characteristics under oar and sail. She features the same glued-lapstrake construction—with fore-and-aft stringers—that has proven so successful in the bigger Penobscots. The designer has introduced a number of modifications to simplify the building process so that students can aim to complete the two boats and prepare them for painting in the two-week time frame.
On the first morning, Arch will review the plans with students and explain how the Penobscot designs were developed. Students will then get busy setting up the station molds, stem, and transom on a simple strongback. All the stages of construction will be covered: fitting the keel, sheer clamps, and stringers; beveling and fairing; planking (including scarfing plank stock to length), and cutting gains. Once the hulls have been completed and turned over, you’ll fit breasthooks, quarter knees, seats, and rails, and complete other finishing details.